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Post 02/09/2016

Public meeting on salmon forecast set for March 1

OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year's salmon returns and potential fishing seasons during a public meeting March 1 in Olympia.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will present initial forecasts – compiled by state and tribal biologists – of 2016 salmon returns.

The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E., in Olympia.
Post 02/08/2016

February 8 Cowlitz Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power had a two day maintenance shutdown for the fish ladder at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery. In the three days of operation, Tacoma Power employees recovered three coho adults, 14 winter-run steelhead adults and one cutthroat trout.
Post 02/02/2016

February Southwest Washington Weekender Report

Winter steelhead: Anglers are still reeling in hatchery steelhead from area tributaries, notably the Cowlitz and Kalama rivers. The daily limit for adult steelhead on most area rivers is three marked, hatchery-reared fish. Barbless hooks are required, and any steelhead with an intact adipose fin must be released. In addition, anglers must keep the first three hatchery steelhead they catch.
Post 01/29/2016

Seasons set for Spring Chinook, sturgeon, smelt in Columbia River Basin

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Anticipating a return of 299,200 adult spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set this year’s initial fishing season to run through April 9 on the lower Columbia River.

In addition, representatives from the two states agreed to close the winter sturgeon retention fishery in the Bonneville Pool effective Feb. 8 and approved a six-hour recreational smelt season Feb. 6 on the Cowlitz River.